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LINGUIST List 25.1592

Thu Apr 03 2014

Calls: Ling & Literature, Applied Ling, General Ling/Kuwait

Editor for this issue: Bryn Hauk <brynlinguistlist.org>

Date: 03-Apr-2014
From: marta tryzna <tryzna.mgust.edu.kw>
Subject: GUST English Language and Literature 2nd International Conference
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Full Title: GUST English Language and Literature 2nd International Conference
Short Title: GELL

Date: 21-Apr-2015 - 23-Apr-2015
Location: West Mishref, Kuwait
Contact Person: Ikram ElSherif
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: https://gellconference.gust.edu.kw

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; General Linguistics; Ling & Literature

Call Deadline: 30-Nov-2014

Meeting Description:

Teaching is one of the most challenging professions because it brings individuals of different backgrounds (teachers and learners) into a very close relationship. The process of teaching/learning arguably constitutes the most important aspect of this relationship, but it is intimately connected with other complex personal, social, cultural, and even historical and political factors. A teacher is not a neutral entity, nor does s/he teach in a social, cultural, and historical vacuum. Similarly, the learner is not a tabula rasa, subject to the teacher's inscriptions. Inevitably, the process of education will elicit critical questions or even resistance. Teaching foreign languages and literatures to non-native speakers may pose challenges for both teachers and students. These challenges may be administrative, technical, pedagogical, linguistic, social, cultural, political, or even a combination of all. This conference aims at exploring these challenges in different teaching situations and environments.

Call for Papers:

The GELL 2015 conference welcomes all language and literature professors and instructors to share their experiences, but wishes particularly to focus on teaching foreign languages and literatures in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Also, though professors and instructors of foreign languages and literatures other than English are welcome, the language of the presentations/articles must be English.

Possible themes include, but are not limited to:

- The American-style university: the model of the future
- Varieties of the literary canon: what do we teach and why?
- The colonized teacher: how our students change us
- The Other in the classroom
- The goals of teaching literature: literacy, liberalism, global citizenship?
- Local culture and history as contexts
- Stereotypes, the Orientalist and Occidentalist
- Political correctness, cultural taboos and censorship
- Teacher expectations vs. student expectations
- Native language interference/transfer
- The cultural aspect of teaching language and literature
- Technology and language instruction
- What's lost or gained in translation
- Institutional policies and institutionalized restrictions
- Applying theory to the classroom

Proposals (consisting of a 300 word abstract and a 200 word biography) should be sent to the GELL organizing committee. Time allowance for each presentation is 20 minutes and an additional 15 minutes will be provided for discussions.

Please send your literature/culture-related proposals to Dr. Ikram Elsherif: elsherif.igust.edu.kw.

Please send your linguistics/translation/language education proposals to Dr. Marta Tryzna: tryzna.mgust.edu.kw.

Deadline for proposal submission: November 30, 2014
Notification of proposal acceptance: January 1, 2015

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